Trans Girls Banned From Sports Teams By South Dakota Governor


South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem issued two executive orders which will ban trans girls from participating in women’s and girls’ school sports teams. The decision comes after the negotiations between Noem and the state’s House lawmakers failed, which means that only women assigned as female at birth will be able to participate in girls’ sports teams.

State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this month that restricts trans girls from participating on sports teams that align with their gender identity. Noem initially declined to sign the bill over concerns that the law wouldn’t make it with the legal challenges, and she asked lawmakers to revise the legislation language. However, following major conservative backlash, the lawmakers failed to come to an agreement and Noem signed the bill.

Following the bill signing, Noem tweeted that the legislature failed to accept her proposed revisions to HB 1217, so she signed two executive orders to address the issue: one to protect fairness in K-12 athletics, and another one for college athletics.

Although none of the orders mentions trans athletes specifically, the governor’s general counsel Mark Miller noted that she issued the orders as a temporary fix after the legislators couldn’t approve her changes to the bill.

To follow the orders, the Department of Education and the Board of Regents will now need to ensure that K-12 school districts, colleges, and universities restrict participation in girls’ and women’s sports for athletes that can prove their assigned gender at birth.

Source: NPR